Free Speech

Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake
26 November 2019

Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake

Attorney-General Christian Porter wants social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to be legally liable for defamatory comments made by their users. Right now, the common law can distinguish between the legal liability of active publishers of information (like newspapers and broadcasters) and the passive platform operators that allow users to publish information themselves. Courts decide where this distinction is
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The Secretary Of The Attorney-General’s Department Must Stand Down
6 November 2019

The Secretary Of The Attorney-General’s Department Must Stand Down

“The Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, Chris Moraitis, must stand down pending an investigation into how his department abused its power to target Australians because of their political beliefs,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On Saturday, The Australian reported that Andrew Cooper, the organiser of a conservative political conference
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Journalists Want Free Speech For Them, Censorship For The Rest Of Us
25 October 2019

Journalists Want Free Speech For Them, Censorship For The Rest Of Us

The self-importance and self-interest of the Canberra bubble of journalists and the media has been on full display this week. Blacking out the front pages of newspapers across the country was an effective way of saying: “Look at me, look at me”. Media companies, the ABC, SBS, and the journalists’ trade union have formed the Right to Know Coalition to
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Age Of Appeasement
21 October 2019

Age Of Appeasement

We can be thankful to the Hong Kong protesters for highlighting the moral conflict at the heart of the rivalry between Red China and the West. While an important aspect of the power struggle is one of economics and geo-political power, which has been the focus of much of the commentary, only recently has the West awoken to the contest
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Aunty Complains About A Lack Of Alternative Views? That’s A Bit Rich
5 September 2019

Aunty Complains About A Lack Of Alternative Views? That’s A Bit Rich

Media Watch is everything that is wrong with the ABC, squeezed into 15 insufferable minutes. Smug, elitist and, above all, awash with the misguided idea that commercial media outlets are not to be trusted and that the only place where honest news can be found is in Aunty’s warm, state-sponsored embrace. The program is usually best ignored, but its segment
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Unis Have Lost Their Way As Homes For Free Speech
31 August 2019

Unis Have Lost Their Way As Homes For Free Speech

In 2016, the Collins English Dictionary ranked “snowflake generation” as one of those annoying new phrases for the year. It is time to bury it. It’s a beat-up and, worse, it is an unfair slur on the current generation of students. That is the good news from a forthcoming research report by the Institute of Public Affairs into the state
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Why Won’t The Left Admit: Their War On Alan Jones Is A War On Dissenting Opinion
27 August 2019

Why Won’t The Left Admit: Their War On Alan Jones Is A War On Dissenting Opinion

The woke lynch mob has been busy recently, ramping up their perennial crusade to blackball centre-right voices in the media. For the past fortnight, the target has been their white whale: Veteran broadcaster Alan Jones. Jones came under fire for a spray against Jacinda Ardern which was, effectively, a mangling of the old advice to ‘put a sock in it’.
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Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media
2 August 2019

Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media

Nearly exactly the same things said about social media today could have been said in the middle of the 15th century about the development of movable type and the printing press. People will use books and newspapers to say nasty things about each other; foreign powers will distribute pamphlets to undermine domestic governments with the result that eventually the sources
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Police Raids On ABC And Others Are Disgraceful
7 June 2019

Police Raids On ABC And Others Are Disgraceful

The Australian Federal Police’s raid of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation overnight is a national embarrassment. Yesterday morning, AFP officers arrived at the national broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters with a warrant that named two reporters and a news director. The raid was in relation to the ‘The Afghan Files’, a 2017 story that exposed the alleged killing of unarmed civilians by Australian special
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Announcement of Janet Albrechtsen as Chairman of the IPA
16 May 2019

Announcement of Janet Albrechtsen as Chairman of the IPA

An email sent to IPA Members by Rod Kemp on May 15th, 2019 Dear IPA Members, After almost 11 years as Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs, I have decided to step down at the end of this financial year. I would like to thank my fellow Directors for their support, guidance and commitment to the IPA. I am
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